Beginning in 1769, with the founding of the Mission of San Diego de Alcala by Father Junipero Serra, the traditional ways of the Kumeyaay and other indigenous peoples of the San Diego region came under attack. It was as a result of this historical period that the term “Mission Indian” was derived.
We are pleased that you have taken the time to learn more about the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
Defining who or what Sycuan is can be difficult. We think you will come to find that Sycuan consists of many things and that Sycuan's identity is as unique as the people and traditions it consists of.